His­tory of Day of the African Child

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - DAY OF THE AFRICAN CHILD -

THE Soweto up­ris­ing was a se­ries of protests led by black school chil­dren in South Africa that be­gan on the morn­ing of 16 June 1976.

Stu­dents from nu­mer­ous Sowe­tan schools be­gan to protest in the streets of Soweto in re­sponse to the in­tro­duc­tion of Afrikaans as the medium of in­struc­tion in lo­cal schools.

It is es­ti­mated that 20 000 stu­dents took part in the protests.

They were met with fierce po­lice bru­tal­ity. The num­ber of pro­test­ers killed by po­lice is usu­ally given as 176, but es­ti­mates of up to 700 have been made.

In re­mem­brance of these events, the 16th of June is now a pub­lic hol­i­day in South Africa, named Youth Day. - in­ter­net sources

Tanzikwa Gu­ra­nungo is As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor, Youth Pro­gram­ming and Pub­lic Re­la­tions at the Zim­babwe Youth Coun­cil.

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